~ Stuart Russell
‘To those who say, well, we may never get to human-level or super intelligent AI, I would reply: It’s like driving straight toward a cliff and saying, ‘Let’s hope I run out of gas soon!’
Leading artificial intelligence pioneer Stuart Russell has compared artificial intelligence to the development of nuclear weapons. He particularly fears what will happen if AI is used in weapons and military systems. Films such as Terminator have given what some believe is a glimpse of what could happen
Professor Russell, who is a researcher at the University of California in Berkeley and the Centre for the study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University, compared the development of AI to the work that was done to develop nuclear weapons.
Contrast: Here’s what Leo Szilard wrote in 1939 after demonstrating a [nuclear] chain reaction ‘We switched everything off and went home. That night, there was very little doubt in my mind that the world was headed for grief.’
In April Professor Russell raised concerns at a United Nations meeting in Geneva over the dangers of putting military drones and weapons under the control of AI systems.
Russell; ‘How will we ensure that the rise of the machines is entirely under human control? And what will the world be like if truly intelligent computers come to coexist with humankind?’ Professor Russell said computer scientists needed to modify the goals of their research to ensure human values and objectives remain central to the development of AI technology.
Stuart Russell Credentials and Information: Professor of Computer Science and Smith-Zadeh Professor in Engineering, University of California, Berkeley Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
Stuart Russell’s Main website: http://aima.cs.berkeley.edu/
Slaughterbots is a 2017 arms-control advocacy video presenting a dramatized near-future scenario where swarms of inexpensive microdrones use artificial intelligence and facial recognition to assassinate political opponents based on preprogrammed criteria. The video was released onto YouTube by the Future of Life Institute and Stuart Russell, a professor of computer science at Berkeley, on 12 November 2017. The video quickly went viral, gaining over two million views. The video was also screened to the November 2017 United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons meeting in Geneva.
Official Website Future of Humanity Institute: https://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/
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